Meet Ana and Amanda!
Amanda Dame is a flutist, educator and entrepreneur known for her diverse repertoire and thematic programming. Over the past year, she has presented solo recitals at notable venues including Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY, the Arts Club of Washington in DC, and The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD. She also performed on the American Music Series at the Anderson House in DC, where she presented her widely-successful Classical Holiday program to a sold-out audience. As a chamber musician, Amanda has founded and performed with a variety of ensembles, most notably Duo Sila, collaborating with percussionist and Peabody-faculty member Christina Manceor.
Amanda has attended the Pierre Monteux School and Festival, the Miami Summer Music Festival, and the Bach Institute at Emmanuel Music. Receiving a dual-degree at Oberlin College in flute and biology, as well as a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute, Amanda’s main teachers include Marina Piccinini, Alexa Still, and Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart.
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Ana Nelson is a clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger known for her multi-genre diversity in classical and jazz styles. Currently residing in Bloomington, IN, Ana has performed with a variety of groups and artists across the Midwest, including Michael Spiro’s “Descarga 5,” the the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Ensemble. As a recording artist, Ana has appeared on recordings with Bootsy Collins for his remix of the “Indiana Fight Song,” Indiana University Jazz Ensemble performing “Gennett Suite” recorded for WTIU TV, Liberation Music Collective’s Rebel Portraiture, and releases for Oberlin Orchestra and IU New Music Ensemble.
Recently in January 2020, Ana was awarded the Earl Hines Outstanding Soloist Award presented by Wynton Marsalis at the inaugural Jack Rudin Jazz Championship in New York.
Ana is currently pursuing a D.M. in Clarinet Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She holds an M.M. in Jazz Studies Saxophone and Clarinet Performance from IU Jacobs School of Music, and a B.M. in Jazz Studies Saxophone and Clarinet Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. Currently, she holds the position of Associate Instructor with the IU Soul Revue as the horn coach, arranging songs in R&B and funk styles.
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